Deputy City Manager Kevin Jackson could be on his way out from Long Beach having been selected as one of two finalists vying for a position as city manager in Boulder, Colorado.
The role of the deputy city manager in Long Beach is responsible for ensuring that policies and programs approved by the City Council are implemented in a consistent manner.
Jackson, who was appointed by then-City Manager Patrick West in 2017, worked on the city’s billion-dollar budget to allocate money toward public safety, affordable housing and homelessness.
“Kevin has a proven history of providing exemplary leadership during his 21-year public service career,” West said at the time of his appointment. “His strong community development, organizational management, and service innovation skills will be a great addition to our Senior Management Team and help us make Long Beach an even better city.”
The deputy city manager also oversees a number of commissions—most notably the Citizens Police Complaint Commission, which became the center of debate as the Black Lives Matter protests that sparked last summer questioned its administrative role in equitable policing.
It was not immediately clear what his potential departure from Long Beach would mean for his role on the commission.
Jackson has been in the market for a change in employment. Last last year he was interviewed as a finalist for a similar position in Kansas City, Missouri.
The other finalist for the Boulder job is Nuria Riviera-Vandermyde, deputy city manager of Austin, Texas.
The Daily Camera reported that Boulder’s city manager served for 12 years before retiring on Oct. 30. An interim city manager was appointed during the hiring process.
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